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SERATO

VIDEO
SOFTWARE
MANUAL
FOR SERATO DJ

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Contents

CONTENTS
4 INTRODUCTION
4 Overview
4 System Requirements
4 Supported Video Files

5 SOFTWARE INSTALLATION
5 Installation.
5 Demo Mode
5 Purchase Serato Video
6 Activate Serato Video
6 Manage Serato Video Activations

7 HARDWARE SETUP
7 Audio Output
7 Video Output - Connecting your Computer
7 Serato Video with 4 channel Serato DJ / Rane hardware

8 GETTING STARTED
8 Launching Serato Video
8 Output Window
8 The Serato Video Interface
10 Loading Files into Serato Video
10 Video Playback
11 Associating Audio and Video
11 Media Crate
12 Offline Player

13 MIXING
13 Unlinking Up Faders
13 Crossfader Linking
13 Video Effects Overview
13 Text Effects
14 Creating and Using a Text Effect
14 Using Text Effect Animation
14 Image Effects
15 Creating and Using an Image Effect
15 Using Image Effect Animations
15 Fader Transitions Overview

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16 RECORDING
16 Recording Panel
16 Rec Location

17 MIDI FOR Serato DJ


17 Overview
17 MIDI Controller Setup
17 Assigning Controls
17 Available controls.

19 EFFECT AND TRANSITION DESCRIPTIONS


19 Audio Reactive
19 Equalizer
19 Lighting
20 Filter
20 Record
20 Transform
20 Transition Descriptions

22 SOFTWARE SETUP OPTIONS


22 Output
23 Media Treatment
23 Control
24 Effects
24 Info

25 VIDEO FORMATS AND CODECS


25 QuickTime
25 Directshow
25 Video Files

26 TROUBLESHOOTING
26 Support

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INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION
Overview
Serato Video is a software plugin for Serato DJ which adds the ability to playback and mix video files, with
effects and fader transitions controllable wth your Serato DJ hardware, MIDI controller, mouse or keyboard.

System Requirements
We recommend the using the latest version of Serato DJ and installing Apple® QuickTime® 7 or greater.
PC
Windows 7, i5 or better, compatible graphics card (1GB recommended), 2 GB RAM, 10 GB free on system
drive - storage space for video files.
Mac
OS X 10.8.5 or higher, i5 better, compatible graphics card (1GB recommended), 2 GB RAM, 10 GB free on
system drive - storage space for video files.

Hardware
To see a full list of supported Serato DJ hardware, check here: www.serato.com/hardware/dj

Recommended graphics card


NVIDIA 8400 or better with 256 VRAM.ATI 1650 or better.
NOTE: Serato Video scales its performance based on the capabilities of your graphics card. Some
low end integrated graphics cards may reduce the number of effects and transitions available.
NOTE: Windows computers using Intel graphics cards are not currently supported by Serato
Video.Please visit our website for more information.

Supported Video Files


.mov, .m4v, .mp4, .avi, .flv, .mpg, .mpeg, dv, .mp3+g (unzipped), .qtz (Mac only).

Supported Video Codecs


H.264, DV, Motion JPEG A, Motion JPEG B, MPEG-4.

Additional Codecs
Serato Video will attempt to play files containing third party codecs if installed. (e.g. DIVX, Xvid). Non-
standard components of QuickTime and DirectShow are not officially supported by Serato. The ability to
play these files will require additional codec packages to be installed and is recommended for advanced
users who wish to experiment with codecs beyond the officially supported ones.
Serato Video will not play MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 videos.

Supported Audio Codecs


PCM, AAC, MP3

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SOFTWARE SETUP

SOFTWARE SETUP
Installation
Serato Video is included in the installer for Serato DJ. There is no separate download or installation
required.

Demo Mode
Serato Video can be run in a fully functional demo mode apart from the output window being limited to
the minimum size, and a water mark being place over the output screen. If you wish to run Serato Video
in demo mode, launch the Serato DJ application and click the SETUP button. Then navigate along to the
Expansion Packs tab and select Serato Video from the list of Expansion Packs.

Tick the box to Enable Serato Video then click DEMO to activate the Serato Video plugin.

Purchase Serato Video


You will need to purchase a license to use the full capibilites of Serato Video. Open Serato DJ and click
on the BUY/ACTIVATE icon in the MY SERATO panel on the right hand side.
An window will launch and request your email address. (If you have an existing serato.com or whitelabel.
net user account, please use this login email and password.) Follow the on screen instructions to
complete your purchase. If you experience any issues with this process, please contact sales@serato.
com.

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SOFTWARE SETUP

Activate Serato Video


If you have purchased Serato Video from the serato.com website you can activate by opening Serato DJ
and clicking the BUY/ACTIVATE button in the MY SERATO panel on the right hand side. Use your existing
serato.com or whitelabel.net user account login email and password to login. Then click on ACTIVATE
next to Serato Video, this will activate the expansion pack on your computer. Manage activations through
the MY SERATO panel in Serato DJ.

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HARDWARE SETUP

HARDWARE SETUP
Audio Output
To use Serato Video you must connect a Serato DJ compatible device or mixer to your computer.

Video Output - Connecting your Computer


Serato Video is designed to output to a secondary display. Depending on your make and model of
computer, the procedure for setting up an external display will vary. Refer to your manufacturer’s
instructions for enabling a secondary display.

Some standard video connections are:


Composite / RCA
If your external display requires a composite input you will likely need a convertor from one of the digital
connections to a composite signal over an RCA connector.

S-Video
Commonly available on PC video cards and laptops as “TV-Out”, S-Video can easily be interfaced with
an analog television input.

VGA
The analog standard used mainly by computer monitors.

DVI
Is a digital connection used by displays such as LCDs, Plasmas and Projectors. It provides better quality
than analogue signals and should be used if possible.

HDMI
High Definition Multimedia Interface is a compact audio/video interface for transmitting uncompressed
digital data. Displays the highest resolution of the listed connections.

Serato Video with 4 deck Serato DJ hardware


When Serato Video is used with 4 channel hardware the video stream will default to use decks 1 and 2 in
Serato DJ. You are not able to mix with 4 streams of video.

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GETTING STARTED

GETTING STARTED
Launching Serato Video
Click the Video button - located in the panels area, at the top of the crates column in the main screen of
Serato DJ - to bring up the Serato Video plugin interface.

Output Window
When you first launch Serato Video you will see the Serato Video output window floating over Serato
DJ. For most users the first thing to do is drag the output window onto your secondary display (refer to
hardware setup for tips). Click the full-screen button next to the current transition in the Serato Video
panel to make the output window fill your secondary display.
The output window can be closed if not needed. To re-open it double click the main mix window of the
Serato Video control panel or offline player.

The Serato Video Interface


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1 LINK BUTTON
Links the Serato Video channel fader to the channel fader on your Serato DJ or Serato DJ compatible
hardware device or MIDI controller*.
2 ON BUTTON
This turns the effect in the active slot on or off without unloading it.
3 DECK SCREENS
Displays un-mixed, effected content.
4 MAIN MIX OUTPUT
Mirrors the output window content.
5 EFFECT SELECTION MENU
Selects which effect is assigned to the current effect slot.
6 EFFECT PARAMETER KNOB
Adjusts the effect parameter for the currently active effect slot.
7 CHANNEL FADERS
Controls the opacity of the loaded video between 0-100%.
8 FX SAVE
Click this button to save the currently selected effects to the currently loaded video.

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9 FULL-SCREEN
Toggles the Serato Video output window between full-screen and windowed mode.
10 FADER TRANSITION SELECTION MENU
Selects which transition is assigned to the fader effects slot.
11 FADER BUTTON
This opens the fader panel.
12 TEXT EFFECTS BUTTON
This opens the Text Effects panel. SEE TEXT EFFECTS FOR MORE INFORMATION
13 IMAGE EFFECTS BUTTON
This opens the Image Effects panel. SEE IMAGE EFFECTS FOR MORE INFORMATION
14 VIDEO ASSOCIATION
Drag a video file on to this button to associate it with the currently loaded audio track.

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15 IMAGE / TEXT EFFECT SELECT


Select your saved Image or Text Effects.
16 IMAGE
Click this button to choose an image file from your hard drive for your Image Effect.
17 CROSSFADER LINK BUTTON
Links the Serato Video crossfader to the crossfader on your Serato DJ or Serato DJ compatible hardware
device or MIDI Controller. *
18 AUTO-CROSSFADE
Click these buttons to automatically crossfade between your videos.
19 IMAGE EFFECTS SIZE
This adjusts the size of your loaded Image Effect.
20 IMAGE / TEXT EFFECT ON/OFF
This turns the selected Image or Text Effect on or off.
21 IMAGE / TEXT EFFECT OUTPUT
This selects where the Image / Text Effect is output. This can be set to the left (L) or right (R) hand
channels or the mixed (M) output.
22 VIDEO OPACITY
Controls the opacity of the Text or Image Effect.
23 IMAGE / TEXT EFFECTS ANIMATION
Select the animation to be applied to your Image or Text Effect.
24 IMAGE / TEXT EFFECTS ANIMATION OPTION
Selects the speed of the animation applied to your Image or Text Effect.
25 CROSSFADER
Controls the crossfader transition effect between the two decks.
26 VIDEO ALIGNMENT X/Y PAD
Aligns the Text or Image Effect within the selected screen.

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27 IMAGE / TEXT EFFECT DELETE


Click this button to delete the selected Image or Text Effect.
28 FONT
Opens the text editor window.
29 IMAGE / TEXT EFFECTS SAVE
Click this button to save the current image or Text Effect.
30 TEXT INPUT FIELD
Enter text in this field for Text Effect.
31 AUTO TRANSITIONS
Turn Auto Transitions ON to load a new transition to the effect slot on track load or click ‘Next’ to load
the next transition effect in sequence. You can select Auto load in a ‘Random’ sequence or follow the
‘Next’ transition effect in sequence.
32 MEDIA CRATE
This feature of Serato Video 1.1 allows you to create a ‘Media...’ crate which assigns selected video files
to audio files that have no associated video file. The behavior of the ‘Media...’ crate is determined by
the parameters selected in the Media Crate fader panel options; Auto, Random and Next.
33 MASTER FX SELECT
Select FX to be applied to the Master output.
34 MASTER FX ON/OFF
This turns the selected Master FX on or off.
35 MASTER FX OPACITY
Adjust the opacity of the selected Master FX.
*If you have a Serato DJ compatible mixer and a MIDI controller connected these functions will link the faders
to the mixer and not the MIDI controller.

Loading Files into Serato Video


Adding video files to your Serato DJ library is just like adding audio files. You can drag and drop videos
from Finder/Explorer into the Serato DJ library or press the files button and browse your file system for
video files to import.
When the Serato Video plugin is enabled, the Serato DJ library has two sub-sets of the “All” crate - “All
Audio” and “All Videos”. The “All Videos” crate contains all the video files in your library.
Video files can be organized like any other files in your Serato DJ library, including placing them in crates
and sub-crates. For more information on using the Serato DJ library functions refer to the Serato DJ
manual.

Video Playback
There are different ways you may want to use video files in your Serato DJ performance. You can either
load a video file and its sound track to both Serato DJ and Serato Video at the same time, or you can load
separate video and audio files to Serato Video and Serato DJ and play them simultaneously.
Serato DJ also allows you to ‘associate’ audio and video tracks so that in future when you load the audio
track into a virtual deck the ‘associated’ video file is automatically loaded into Serato Video.

Video files have one of the following icons:


A video file with its own audio

An audio track with associated video file.

A Karaoke track with associated video file.

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Loading a video with music


To load a file to both Serato DJ sand Serato Video at the same time:
• Find the video file you want to load in your Serato library.
• Load the video file by dragging it onto the virtual deck in Serato DJ or using the shortcut
• keys shift left-arrow for the left deck or shift right-arrow for the right deck.
This loads the audio portion to the virtual deck and the video portion to Serato Video.

Loading a video file onto a playing track


To load a video to Serato Video while playing an audio track in your Serato DJ:
• Load the audio track to the virtual deck in your Serato DJ.
• Drag and drop a video file onto the related deck screen in Serato Video.
This will load the video file without replacing the audio track in Serato DJ.

Associating Audio and Video


Links a video file to a separate audio track.
• Load the audio track to a virtual deck in Serato DJ.
• Drag a video file onto the video association button.
This will load the video file to Serato Video and associate it with the current playing audio track in Serato DJ.
The next time you load the audio track into Serato DJ the associated video file will automatically be
loaded to Serato Video.
To un-associate a video file from an audio file press shift ctrl and click the video association button.

Media Crate
This feature of Serato Video allows you to create a ‘Media Crate’ which assigns selected video files
to audio files that have no associated video file. The behavior of the Media Crate is determined by the
parameters selected in the Fader Panel; Auto, Random and Next.
To create a Media Crate follow these steps;
1) In the Serato Video panel and click on the ‘F’ to open the Fader Panel. Turn the Media Crate on
by clicking the ON button in the Serato Video panel. A new crate will appear in the crate list named
“Media...”.
2) Load the Media Crate with video files that adhere to our recommended file format for use with Serato
Video, in the same way you would add files to any other crate. Now the Media Crate will be available for
use with audio tracks.

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ON:
Turn the Media crate on. Once this is enabled, a “Media...” crate will appear in your crate list.

Random:
Enabling the Random feature will instruct Serato Video to load files from the Media Crate in a Random
Sequence. With this disabled Serato Video will load from the Media Crate in a sequence determined by
the order of your Media Crate, Song, Artist, Album Length etc…

Next:
Clicking the Next button in the Media Crate parameters will load the next video file in sequence
whether you have Random selected or not.

Auto Transition Effects:


Parameters within the video Transition Effects panel, which allow you to Auto load transitions on
track load of the virtual decks. You can select Auto load in a ‘Random’ sequence or follow the ‘Next’
transition effect in sequence.
To enable the Auto load Transition Effects feature of Serato Video simply click on the Auto button next
to Transition in the Fader Panel of Serato Video. This will automatically load a new transition effect on
track load to the associated Virtual Audio deck. Enable the Random feature to instruct Serato Video to
load the transition effects in a random sequence.

Offline player
The offline player is available when Serato DJ compatible hardware is not connected, and outputs
through the current default audio device. Clicking the Video button with the hardware disconnected will
open the Serato Video offline player. Load a track to the offline player by dragging and dropping it onto
the offline player, or pressing shift + left arrow. You can use the offline player to preview tracks, assign
video files to audio files, create cue points, set loops and set and save effects.

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MIXING

MIXING
Unlinking Up Faders
By de-selecting link, the Serato Video channel faders are disconnected from the Serato DJ hardware
channel fader controls. This means you can perform audio mixing without affecting your video output
levels.

Crossfader Linking
By de-selecting fader you can unlink the Serato Video crossfader from Serato DJ hardware crossfaders;
this allows you to perform audio crossfades without affecting your video output.
You can control any of the functions on the Serato Video control interface using your mouse. The
ideal way to control Serato Video when using Serato DJ hardware without Mixer controls is to use it in
conjunction with a MIDI controller. See the MIDI for Serato DJ section.
You can also use the left and right cursor keys to control the crossfader by checking the ‘cursors
crossfade video’ option in the control tab of the Serato Video plugins tab.
Note: Enabling this function means you will no longer be able to use the left and right cursor keys
to scroll across your library in Serato DJ.

Video Effects Overview


Serato Video includes a list of effects that you can apply to your videos. These can be applied to
individual channels or on the master output. The available effects will be determined by the capability of
your graphics card. There are two effects slots per deck and any available effect can be assigned to each
effect slot.
The effects slots run in series. The first effect slot will apply to the original un-effected content. The
second effect slot will apply to the effected content passed through the first effect slot.

Text Effects
The Text Effect allows you to enter your own text to be played over the top of a video. You can edit the
appearance, add animation and apply effects to customize the Text Effect. To enable the Text Effect panel
click on the button under the Main Mix Output screen.
1 Text Input Field
Enter the text to display.
2 Font
Select a font, style, color and size for the text.
3 Text Effect Animation
Select an animation style to be applied to your text.
4 Text Effect Video Alignment X/Y Pad
Use this to align the text within the selected screen.
5 Text Effect Animation Option
Select the speed of the animation.
6 Text Effect Output Select
Select which video output the Text Effect is applied to.
7 Text Effect Select – New Text Effect applies if there are no saved Text Effects.
Displays the name of current Text Effect.

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8 Save Text Effect - ‘Disc’ button in the Text Effect panel.


Saves the current Text Effect.
9 Delete Text Effect - ‘X’ button in the Text Effect panel.
Deletes the current Text Effect.
10 Text Effect Opacity
Controls the opacity of the Text Effect.

Creating and Using a Text Effect


To create a Text Effect, the first step is to enter the text you want to display in the Text Input Field. Next,
select the Font, Color, Animation, Speed and Alignment for the text. When you are satisfied with the
configuration of the Text Effect click Save (‘disc’ button next to the Text Effect Select dropdown ). If you
wish to create a new Text Effect and discard any unsaved changes to the current Text Effect, select New
Text Effect from the Text Effect Select dropdown box. To make changes to a saved Text Effect, open the
Text Effects panel and select the Text Effect, make the changes and click save. The Text Effect will now
be updated, even if it is currently in an on state loaded to an effects slot.

Using Text Effect Animation


Animations can be applied to enhance your Text Effect. If you choose not to use an animation the text is
simply displayed on screen.
Scroll - The text scrolls across the screen. Scroll Left-Right, Scroll Right-Left, Scroll Top-Bottom, Scroll
Bottom-Top.
BPM Zoom - The text zooms in time with the BPM of the loaded track.
Bass Zoom - The text zooms in response to the level of bass in the loaded track.
Text Effect Animation Option - Selects the speed of the animation, slow medium or fast.

Image Effects
The Image Effect allows you to import an image to be displayed over the top of a video. You can edit the
appearance, add animation and apply effects to customize the Image Effect. To enable the Image Effect
panel click on the button under the Main Mix Output screen.
1 Image Filename
Filename of the current loaded Image Effect.
2 Image Button
Opens the file window allowing you to select an image file to load. Supported file types .jpg .png and .bmp.
3 Image Effect
Select an animation style to be applied to the Image Effect.
4 Image Effect Video Alignment X/Y Pad
Use this to align the Image Effect in the main mix output screen.
5 Image Effect Animation Option
Select the speed of the animation.
6 Image Effect Output Select
Select which video output the Image Effect is applied to.
7 Image Effect Select - New Image Effect applies if there are no saved Image Effects.
Displays the name of the current Image Effect.
8 Save Image Effect - ‘Disc’ button in the Image Effect panel.
Saves the current Image Effect.

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9 Delete Image Effect - ‘X’ button in the Image Effect panel.


Deletes the current Image Effect.
10 Image Effect Opacity
Controls the opacity of the Image Effect.

Creating and Using an Image Effect


To create an Image Effect, first select the image you want to display by clicking the Image button. Next,
select the animation, speed and alignment for the image. When you are satisfied with the configuration
of the Image Effect, click Save (‘disc’ button next to the Image Effect Select dropdown ). If you wish to
create a new Image Effect and discard any unsaved changes to the current Image Effect, select New
Image Effect from the Image Effect Select dropdown box. To make changes to a saved Image Effect,
open the Image Effects panel, select the Image Effect, make the changes and click save. The Image
Effect will now be updated even if the effect is currently loaded.

Using Image Effect Animations


Animations can be applied to enhance your Image Effect. If you choose not to use an animation the
image is simply displayed on screen.
Scroll - The text scrolls across the screen. Scroll Left-Right, Scroll Right-Left, Scroll Top-Bottom, Scroll
Bottom-Top.
BPM Zoom - The image zooms in time with the BPM of the loaded track.
Bass Zoom - The image zooms in response to the level of bass in the loaded track.
Image Effect Animation Option - Selects the speed of the animation, slow medium or fast.

Fader Transitions Overview


Serato Video has fader transitions which apply when fading from one deck to the other. Which
transitions will be available for you to use will depend on the capability of your graphics card.
One transition at a time may be used in the video transition effects slot.

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Recording

Recording
Serato Video includes built-in recording fucntionalty which enables you to record your video mix. Once
you have saved your recording, it will automatically appear in your Recording crate. Default recording
quality is 480p, 24fps and the output window aspect ratio is respected.

Recording Panel

• Record input select - Select Video Mix for recording video mix
• Rec Location - Select the location where your Serato DJ recordings are saved. See more informations
on Rec Location
• Recording Level Adjust (Audio) - Sets the audio recording level to be recorded to disk. Refer to the
recording Level Meter to the right to monitor your recording level. Refrain from going into the red, as
this may cause audio degradation
• Recording level meter - Shows the current recording level, as set by the record gain knob. Refrain from
going into the red, which could result in clipped or distorted recordings. For optimum recording levels,
attempt to have the meter in the high end of the yellow region
• Record - Click the REC button to start and stop recording. Click again to re-record without saving. To
save the recording to disk, type a filename into the text field, and click SAVE
Note: Video recording functionality is only available for hardware which supports audio recording by Serato
DJ. SL2 users will need to record the audio feed from the mixer separately and edit with post-production
software to combine video and audio manually.

Rec Location
Recordings are saved in the following hard drive locations on your computer. You can change the recording
location by clicking Rec Location and selecting the location you want to save to. The Status Bar at the
bottom of the screen will show you how much space is free in your selected location.
• MyDocuments > MyMusic > _Serato_ > Recording (PC)
• Users > Music > _Serato_ > Recording (Mac)
TIP: If you exit Serato DJ without saving your recording, it will be stored in the “Recording temp” folder
instead.
NOTE: WAV/AIFF formats are limited to a file size of 2GB with Serato DJ. If your recording exceeds this
limit, it will continue to record your mix to a new file.

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MIDI FOR Serato DJ

MIDI FOR Serato DJ


Overview
All Serato Video functions are assignable to MIDI, allowing full control of Serato Video with a MIDI
controller.

MIDI Controller Setup


The process of setting up a MIDI controller for use with Serato Video is the same as with Serato DJ. See
the MIDI section of the Serato DJ Software manual for further information.

Assigning Controls
To ensure the Serato Video functions are visible when assigning MIDI, make sure you have the Serato
Video window open before enabling MIDI assign mode.
To enable MIDI assign mode, click the MIDI button. To assign a MIDI control, click on the control in the
Serato Video window, then move or tap the MIDI control. The MIDI assignment box will update to show
the video function has been mapped.
To un-assign a MIDI control, click on the control in Serato DJ and press return on your computer
keyboard.

Available controls.
The following are controls that can be MIDI mapped in Serato Video. For a full description and location of
these controls, see the Serato Video Interface section.
1. Channel Faders
For best results assign these to MIDI capable faders or another similar slider type control.
2. Link Channel Fader
Link/Unlink video channel fader from the audio channel fader.
3. Effect Parameter Knob
For best results assign this to a suitable rotary MIDI knob.
4. Load Effect
For best results assign this to a suitable rotary MIDI knob.
5. ON/OFF Button
6. Load Transition
Scrolls through available crossfader effects. For best results assign this to a suitable rotary MIDI knob.
7. Fader Link
Link/Unlink the video crossfader from the audio crossfader. (Used when the Serato Video crossfader is
assigned to an audio/MIDI crossfader on your DJ mixer).
8. Crossfader
For best results assign this to a MIDI capable fader.

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9. Auto Crossfade Left & Right


10. Load Image Effect
For best results assign this to a suitable rotary MIDI knob.
11. Load Text Effect
For best results assign this to a suitable rotary MIDI knob.
12. Open Fader Panel Button
13. Open Image Effect Panel Button
14. Open Text Effect Panel Button
15. Main Mix Output Full-screen Button
16. Image Effect Size
For best results assign this to a suitable rotary MIDI knob.
17. Image Effect Left, Main and Right Buttons
18. Text Effect Left, Main and Right Buttons
19. Image Effect Animation Type Dropdown
For best results assign this to a suitable rotary MIDI knob.
20. Image Effect Animation Option Dropdown
For best results assign this to a suitable rotary MIDI knob.
21. Text Effect Animation Type Dropdown
For best results assign this to a suitable rotary MIDI knob.
22. Text Effect Animation Option Dropdown
For best results assign this to a suitable rotary MIDI knob.
23. Text and Image Effect ON/OFF Buttons
24. Save Effects Button
25. Video Associate Button
26. Video Opacity

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EFFECT AND TRANSITION DESCRIPTIONS

EFFECT AND TRANSITION


DESCRIPTIONS
Effect Descriptions – This is split into 5 effect menus; Audio Reactive, Equalizer, Lighting, Record and
Transform.
* = Light, ** = Medium, *** = Heavy – Rating of Graphics Processor Usage.

Audio Reactive
ANALYZER * FLASH ON BPM **
Eight band spectrum analyzer. Dark areas of the image flash in time with the BPM
Parameter chooses color. of the playing song.
ANALYZER BLOCKS ** TREBLE BLUR ***
The image is split into areas, which are then turned The image blurs depending on the amount of treble
on and off to create a spectrum analyzer. in the audio being played.
ANALYZER IMAGE ** TREBLE ZOOM *
The image is split into columns creating a The image zooms depending on the amount of
spectrum analyzer. treble in the audio being played.
ANALYZER LINE *
A line based analyzer. Parameter chooses color. Equalizer
AUDIO CSL ** CSL EQ **
The bass, mids and treble of the audio affects the Serato Video compatible hardware EQ knobs affect
contrast, saturation and luminance of the image. the contrast, saturation and luminance of the image.
AUDIO FADE * RGB EQ **
Splits the image into 3 areas which fade based on Serato Video compatible EQ knobs affect the red
the bass, mids and treble. green and blue color channels.
AUDIO KALEIDOSCOPE **
Creates a kaleidoscope that changes with the
audio being played.
Lighting
ANAGLYPH 3D **
AUDIO RGB **
‘3D glasses’ effect.
The bass, mids and treble of the audio affects the
red, green and blue color channels. BLUR ***
Blurs the image.
AUDIO SPLIT *
Splits the image into 3 areas which zoom based on BRIGHTNESS **
the bass, mids and treble. Increases the brightness of the image.

BASS BLUR *** CHROMA KEY GREEN **


The image blurs depending on the amount of bass Replaces green areas with the other video.
in the audio being played. COLOR ISOLATOR **
BASS ZOOM * Makes the image grayscale while retaining one
The image zooms depending on the amount of color.
bass in the audio being played. COLOR PHOTOCOPY ***
ISOLATOR BASS * Replaces blurred areas with solid color.
Desaturates the image except for one color which is CONTRAST **
saturated related to the amount of bass being played. Changes the difference between light and dark.

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EDGE DETECT *** Transform


Retains only the edges in image. BLOCK COLUMNS *
EMBOSS *** Image is split into blocks which then bounce and
Makes the image appear raised or indented. fall with the bass.
FALSE COLOR * CENTER FADE *
Replaces colors in image with various preset palettes. Image fades towards the center.
DELAY GRID ***
Filter Shows a grid of the past 16 frames to be played.
GAMMA ** Each update one frame will change.
Darkens the darks. FRAME FREEZE ***
LED BILLBOARD *** Freezes a frame of video for a given time period.
Displays image as a number of LEDs. FRAME PULSE ***
LUMA KEY BLACK ** Pulses the edges of a video frame in a given
Replaces black areas with the other deck. time period.
LUMA KEY WHITE ** KALEIDOSCOPE *
Replaces white areas with the other deck. Creates a kaleidoscope.
NEGATIVE ** MIRROR *
Inverts the color of the image. Splits the image and mirrors one side.
POSTERIZE ** ROTATE *
Reduces the number of colors to 3. Rotates image.
ROTOSCOPE *** SMUDGE **
Hand drawn effect. Blends the edges of the video towards the center.
SATURATION ** SPLIT *
Increases the color levels proportional to the levels Splits the image into 5 areas.
in the image. TITLE *
SEPIA ** Multiplies image onto an increasing number of
Fades to sepia tone. tiles.
SHARPEN *** V-HOLD **
Defines the edges in the image. ‘Broken TV’ effect.
UV PAINT ** ZOOM *
Fully saturates color and brightness of moderately Zooms into center of image.
colorful pixels, otherwise black. ZOOM TILE *
Combination of the tile and zoom effects.
Record
RECORD ROTATE * Transition Descriptions
Rotates the image in time with the record. ADDITIVE **
RECORD FADE * Only bright areas are mixed.
Image fades with the speed of the record ADDITIVE AVERAGE *
being played. Transition that bridges the gap between the default
and additive transitions.
BOX BOTH *
Alternates between the below two faders.

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EFFECT AND TRANSITION DESCRIPTIONS

BOX H * SPIN BOTH *


Images are projected onto the outside of a Spin transition on both axis.
horizontally rotating box. SPIN H *
BOX V * Spin transition on vertical axis..
Images are projected onto the outside of a SPIN V *
vertically rotating box. Spin transition on vertical axis.
CENTER * SWAP *
Standard transition in the center 50% of the fader. An animation to swSerato DJ between the two
DEFAULT * video sources.
A standard transition. TILE WAVE H **
DIFFERENCE FADE * Side-to-side wipe of flipping tiles.
Standard transition that fades through the TILE WAVE V **
difference of the two images. Up-down wipe of flipping tiles.
GRID 2x2 * UPFADERS ONLY *
2x2 grid which changes in a simple pattern when Assigns hardware channel faders to video decks only.
moving from A to B.
GRID FADE *
3x3 grid which fades into a simple pattern when
moving from A to B.
GRID SEQUENCE *
3x3 grid which changes in a semi-random pattern
when moving from A to B.
GRID SIMPLE *
3x3 grid which changes in a simple pattern when
moving from A to B.
LATCH 50 *
A quick cut in center of the fader.
LUMA KEY FADE **
Luma key transition.
MELT ***
‘Melts’ the two images together.
PUSH SLIDE H *
Incoming image pushes the outgoing image
horizontally off screen.
PUSH SLIDE V *
Incoming image pushes the outgoing image
vertically off screen.
SCRATCH *
A quick cut at the ends of the fader.
SCRATCH FADE *
Variation of the scratch transition that allows for
mixing on the upfaders.
SMUDGE FADE **
Blends the edges of the two videos together
towards the center.

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SOFTWARE SETUP OPTIONS

SOFTWARE SETUP OPTIONS


There are five Serato Video setup panels: Output, Control, Effects, Info and Authorize located in the
Plugins tab of the Setup screen in Serato DJ.
To access the Serato Video setup options click on the setup button in Serato DJ and then the Plugins tab
to reveal the Serato Video setup options.

Output
Window Aspect Ratio
The aspect ratio is the relationship between the width and height of your image, common aspect ratios
are 4:3 (Standard TV) and 16:9 (Widescreen). The output constraint settings restrict the output window of
Serato Video to certain aspect ratios while not in fullscreen mode. Use this to preview your output at the
selected aspect ratio.

No constraints
Output is not constrained.

16:9
Output is constrained to 16:9 (Widescreen).

4:3
Output is constrained to 4:3 (Standard TV).

Output Quality
Improves output quality at the expense of speed. Select your video quality using the dropdown box - you
can choose from poor, low, medium, high or best. If you are experiencing low frame rates or choppy
performance, try reducing this setting. Most standard quality videos will only require the medium setting,
anything higher will just use extra CPU for no visible gain. Only use the high or best settings if you are
playing high quality or HD video files.

Recording Quality
Choose a resolution that Serato Video will record at when recording the Serato Video output. You can
choose from recording at 360p, 480p, 720p. or 1080p resolution,

Arrangement
Use this dropdown box to select your desired format for the output window. There are three options to
choose from:
Normal (Output) Normal un-split output window.
Left - Right Output window is a split of the left and right channels.
Left - Output - Right Output window is a split of all three of the above.
This can be used with a video splitter and the output can then be fed into other devices (ie. an analog
video mixer).

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SOFTWARE SETUP OPTIONS

Media Treatment
These options allow you to choose how Serato Video behaves when your video file is a different aspect
ratio to the display you are outputting to.

Preserve
The original aspect ratio of your video is maintained and is never cropped. Serato Video will create a
letterbox (black lines at the top and bottom of the screen) or a pillar box (black lines at the sides) to fill
any remaining space on the output display.

Stretch
Your video is always stretched to fill the entire output display, this can create image distortion if the
output display and video files have different aspect ratios.

Center-cut
The aspect ratio of your file is maintained and is zoomed to always fill the output display. Cropping can
occur if the resulting output is bigger than your display.

Letterbox
The aspect ratio of your file is preserved and will always fit the width of the display. If your file is taller
than the current display (i.e. 4:3 on a 16:9 display) or shorter (i.e. 16:9 video on a 4:3 display) it will either
be cropped, or have a letterbox inserted.

Use V-SYNC
This option is on by default, it synchronizes Serato Video’s frame rate to the refresh rate of your monitor
to avoid ‘tearing’ on your output.
By turning it off you can see the frame rate your system is capable of achieving, this is primarily used as a
benchmarking tool.
For best image results leave this option on.

Use Frame Blending


Makes playback smoother at less than full speed, by blending adjacent frames. This makes slow
movements of the video smoother by reducing the jumps between frames. This option increases CPU
load.

Buffer Size
This setting determines how much system RAM to set aside for Serato Video buffering.

Delay Compensation
In the Setup screen of Serato Video 1.1. This feature allows you to shift the post Mix Output video stream
forward or backwards 0.5s to eliminate front of house sync issues where the audio and video streams are
out of sync due to signal processing.

Control
Auto Crossfade Speed
Move the slider to adjust the speed of the auto crossfader. Move the slider to the left for a slower
crossfade or to the right for a faster crossfade.

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SOFTWARE SETUP OPTIONS

Cursors Crossfade Video


Check this box to use keyboard cursors to crossfade video.

Effects
Effect Restrictions
Serato Video automatically determines what effects and transitions your system is capable of running.
It will display any restrictions of your graphics card here.

Audio Linked Video Effects


Clicking this checkbox will enable Audio Linked Video Effects, which engage automatically when applying
Serato DJ FX. Serato Video streams will be visually enhanced by pre-determided, synchronised video
effects.

Info
Video Resolution Left/Right
Details the resolution of the original video file loaded to the left and right deck.
Buffered Frames Left/Right
Details the number of frames being buffered by the GPU.
Colorspace Left/Right
Details the QuickTime colorspace.
Output Resolution
Details the current resolution of the Serato Video Main Mix Output.
Output FPS
This displays the frame rate of Serato Video’s output. This is not the frame rate of your video but the
rate at which faders, effects and transitions are currently being calculated.
YUV Handling
Colorspace setting, Default, Software only and RGB only.
Version Number
Displays the version number of Serato Video you are using.
Enable Debug Panel
Ticking this check box enables the debug panel within Serato Video.
You will have to install the MovieInfoBatch app for Debug panel to be enabled.
MovieinfoBatch is a tool that provides information on the video/audio codecs for specific files in your
library and is used as a troubleshooting tool. more information
Authorize
Enable, Authorize and Deauthorize the Serato Video plugin.

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VIDEO FORMATS AND CODECS

VIDEO FORMATS AND CODECS


Serato Video uses QuickTime to decode video files with Mac OS X, and DirectShow with Windows. This
means Serato Video has all the benefits and limitations that your currently installed version of QuickTime
and DirectShow has.
Serato Video requires QuickTime version 7 or above.

QuickTime
QuickTime is available free from Apple®.

QuickTime Version Check


Mac
Run QuickTime player, then click about QuickTime in the QuickTime menu.
Windows
Run QuickTime player, then click about QuickTime in the help.

Installing Additional Codecs


QuickTime plays many video formats by default, and more can be added by installing QuickTime
components to your system.
Download QuickTime and follow the instructions contained in the QuickTime download. We recommend
using Perian for decoding video on Mac computers.

Directshow
DirectShow is a multimedia framework developed by Microsoft® and is included with Windows.

Installing Additional Codecs


DirectShow plays many video formats by default, and more can be added by installing DirectShow codec
packages to your system.
For a list of suggested DirectShow codecs visit support and follow the download instructions.

Video Files
Video files are containers for video and audio tracks. The video and audio tracks inside these containers
can consist of varying codecs.
A codec is the way the video and audio data is stored inside the video file/container. Some examples of
common audio codecs are MP3 and AAC, examples of common video codecs are H.264 and MPEG-4.
For example you can have a .mov file (or container) with an H.264 video track and MP3 audio track, you
could also have another .mov file that contains completely different codecs, for example AAC audio
and MPEG-4 video. These files will appear the same in your file system but the data inside them is very
different. Your encoding program or video delivery service will provide information about which codecs
your video files contain.

Containers
.mov, .mp4, .m4a, .avi, .flv, .mpg, .mpeg, .dv, .m4v, .mp3+g.

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VIDEO FORMATS AND CODECS

Video Codecs
Supported formats
H.264, DV, Motion JPEG A, Motion JPEG B, MPEG-4.
Codecs
With video files you are always walking the line between CPU usage, file size and image quality.
A large file may look great and not use much CPU, however even with modern hard discs, video files
that are a few hundred MB each will quickly eat up your hard disc space. Conversely files compressed to
only be a few MB will not take up much disc space but your image quality and CPU usage will suffer on a
highly compressed file.
You will have to experiment to find ideal combination of settings for your system, the following
descriptions give a brief overview of each codec Serato Video supports as a guide.
Visit our website for tips and tricks on encoding and video file types support.

DV
The format used by most cam corders is a low compression format and is commonly used in video
editing programs. Offers high quality images and low CPU usage at the expense of large file sizes.

Motion JPEG A and B


Motion JPEG is very similar to the DV format, it offers slightly smaller file sizes than DV, maintains the low
CPU usage but with a slight degradation of the image quality.

MPEG-4
MPEG-4 is a widely supported codec that offers medium file sizes, image quality and CPU usage.

H.264
Is a modern variant of MPEG-4, it offers good image quality at low file sizes with the expense of higher
CPU usage.

Additional
Serato Video will attempt to play any additional codecs which QuickTime has components installed for,
such as DivX. However, results may vary and these are not offically supported by Serato.

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TROUBLESHOOTING

TROUBLESHOOTING
Many problems encountered using Serato Video can be solved by ensuring the drivers for your graphics
card are up to date. Please visit your graphics cards manufacturers site for the latest drivers.
If you’re experiencing low frame rates or ‘choppy’ output:
1. Close unneeded applications
2. Use lower rated effects
3. Use lower resolution videos
4. Lower the quality
5. Lower the output monitor resolution
6. Defragment your hard disc

If you’re experiencing black borders in the rotate effect:


Insert a zoom effect in slot 2 with rotate in slot 1, the zoom will compensate the clipped edges during the
rotate effect.

If you’re experiencing slow response when seeking through the file, or choppy playback when
playing backwards:
Try re-encoding your files with more key-frames, Serato Video is probably having to decode large
amounts of information to get specific frames.

My screen has gone all black, help!


The Serato Video output window has taken over your primary display.
Double clicking it will return it to window mode, drag it to your secondary display and then return it to full-
screen mode.

My video files won’t load into the library


Please ensure the file you are trying to load is on Serato Video’s supported file list. Also, Serato DJ will
only allow you to add files to the library that contain supported audio codecs.
For more FAQ’s and troubleshooting tips visit: serato.com/support

Support
Articles, FAQ’s and support for Serato Video can be found on the support home page.
Go Here to find in-depth articles on encoding, conversion, and other Serato Video related topics.

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